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From the late '40s through the 1950s, the UPA animation studios racked up multiple awards and honors and set the artistic tone for an entire industry. Thirty-eight of their groundbreaking efforts--including "Ragtime Bear," "Gerald McBoing Boing," "Rooty Toot Toot," "Madeline," "The Unicorn in the Garden," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "Trees and Jamaica Daddy"--have been collected in a three-disc set. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; studio art.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classics Mod
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007L0U1R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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525p DVD resolution, while not 1080p Blu-ray resolution, still looks great.
Paul J. Mular
These great cartoons are a joy to watch, and I for one am very happy that they have been released on DVD!
Mr. Randall A. Meade
And I'm old enough to remember many of these 7-minute gems in movie houses!
Rob Bowers

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. Jurosik on March 31, 2012
Being a big fan of John Hubley and of "cartoon modern" style in general, I had to order this set in advance. It's beautiful, and I'm sure that there are better reviewers more versed in animation history who can give this remarkable set a more thoughtful analysis. Here's what I can tell you:

It's NOT a DVD-R set. This is a factory-pressed set in a four-fold cardboard sleeve with a great booklet. Everything about the presentation is attractive to the eye, and fitting to the style of UPA.

Leonard Maltin and Jerry Beck provide insight and commentary on several shorts. Their work here is certainly in keeping with the Walt Disney Treasures, Looney Tunes and other vintage collections. This set is ready to fit right on your shelf to take it's rightful place in the history of U.S. animation on DVD.

There are 38 cartoons, and they are gloriously restored. I've never seen many of them, but it feels as though I'm seeing them all as the creators did when they were first wrapped, printed and screened. Bright colors, clear lines, no blurring -- excellent!

Don't let the early reviews posted here fool you; this is a five-star release and everyone who made it happen deserves credit, a thank you, and much success. Enjoy!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Randall A. Meade on April 7, 2012
This is in response to a misleading earlier review from a person who was apparently upset that this set was released only on DVD and not Blu-ray. The reviewer inferred that it was a "fuzzy DVD" when in fact, it is a wonderful set made from outstanding source material with sharp picture quality and beautiful, vibrant colors. These great cartoons are a joy to watch, and I for one am very happy that they have been released on DVD!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
This is the BEST the UPA Cartoons have ever looked!
525p DVD resolution, while not 1080p Blu-ray resolution, still looks great. Many HD-TVs have only 720p resolution which is only a little higher than the 525p resolution of DVDs.
Some non-Cinemascope titles have been letterboxed to look 1:85-1 widescreen, while they may not have been filmed this way, they were certainly composed for this widescreen format and look fine.

For those not familiar with UPA cartoons they are a visual treat for the eye. Not in the Disney way, these are very stylish like watching a painting come to life.
Don't expect the hilarity of a Looney Tunes cartoon, that was not UPS's style. You will laugh, but you will also be stunned by the graphic design stylings.
Starting with 1952's THE OOMPAS, UPA was in top form with no misses outside of the Family Circus and Ham & Hattie series.
This is not to say that there are no gems before this, there are. GERALD McBOING BOING (1951) is probably their first big stand out cartoon. UPA was visually well ahead of the other studios in the 1950's, even Disney would imitate them.

Here is the title list for this set, it is a compliment to the upcoming UPA Mr. MAGOO THEATRICAL COLLECTION (which is delayed until Fall 2012).:

All are 1:33-1 Full Frame unless noted differently,

Disc 1
ROBIN HOODLUM (1948) The Fox & Crow
THE MAGIC FLUKE (1949) The Fox & Crow
THE RAGTIME BEAR (1949) Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Horrall on April 18, 2012
This release is long overdue. When I saw the notice on TCM, I immediately ordered my set. It came with no trouble at all and the quality is the best I've seen of any version of UPA cartoons on film, tape, or other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gewidmet on February 18, 2014
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I purchased this collection to show to my grandchildren when they came to visit. They were enchanted, so much so that one family took the collection home, promising to let the other have possession of it. I think they worked that out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MILKOS G CRUZ on January 21, 2014
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Thanks for the DVD collection of UPA cartoons....if I know have the same interest about classic animation I will referd this product from the provider.
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There is a book called WHEN MAGOO FLEW: The Rise and Fall of Animation Studio UPA (by Adam Abraham -- also CONVENIENTLY available here at Amazon!) which is a marvelous history of UPA and its crazy motley of Anti-Disney-ite animators, writers, producers, directors, and storyboarders (if that's a word). But it, like this DVD, is FAR more than just Magoo-centric. After reading the book, I was aware that I'd not really paid attention to the stylistic brilliance of the cartoons (Magoo and others) when I was a kid. And I'm old enough to remember many of these 7-minute gems in movie houses! To have an opportunity to once again SEE the product resulting from the trials and tribulations behind-the-scenes of this Little-Studio-Engine-That-Could, and to connect the cartoons with the devilishly complicated politics, policies, and commitment which sparked such inventiveness was a GREAT experience. I wasn't aware of how many contemporary "real" artists of the period held the UPA work in such high esteem, for example. Or that there were a great number of political cartoons involved. Dated? Of course. Silly? Wonderfully. Sly and provocative? Surprisingly so. If you are a movie-going cartoon lover, this collection is a real treat, particularly combined with Mr. Abraham's tasty treatise.
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